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The Best Online Tools And Resources For Web Designing Or Graphic Design

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Web designers excel through their creativity, but they also require a ton of resources to translate their creativity into works of art. The hardware apart, they require a host of software and other tools, including programs, educational resources, premium fonts, vectors, icons, stock images, and more, to make the magic happen.

Adobe Creative Suite offers access to the basic tools of the trade, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, After Effects, and Encore. Without these programs, most web and graphic designers would be out of job. However, a successful web designer draws on several other resources, both free and paid, to make their lives easier.

A host of tools serve various niche purposes. Gliffy makes it easy to create diagrams, floor plans, flowcharts, and technical drawings. Stat Silk’s StatPlanet is very popular for visualisation and mapping. Tableau Public makes creating and publishing infographics and interactive data a piece of cake. Typecast is a rich depository of over 23,000 fonts. Typography offers thousands of typefaces. FontSquirrel’s Webfont Generator helps designers search a database of different fonts. The free gbdfed Bitmap Font, Fonstruct, BitFontMaker2, and others all go a step further, allowing the designer to create new bitmap fonts or modify existing fonts.

There is a host of online tools for graphic and web designers to dig into and work their magic!

Pictaculous is a handy tool that makes it easy to experiment with various colour and images, useful for editing and imaging enhancement. Colorotate facilitates the editing of scope, tint, hue, image, blend, and other finer features of the design.

Among the other popular tools, PicMarkr makes it very easy to add watermarks to images, useful for asserting copyright and pre-empting plagiarism. Lorem Ipsum Generator uses a set of meaningless words or characters and makes paragraphs to fit into designs.

No web designer can go far without stock images. Shutterstock, with over 25 million stock photos, vectors, illustrations, and videos, ranks among the most popular stock image repository. There are hundreds of other similar resources, such as MorgueFile, flickr, and others. Other programs, such as TextureMate and CG textures offer free textures, and brushes, besides images.

DeviantArt is one of the largest online art communities, offering rich resources such as fan art, skins, and other unique drawings, which users can shop. Dribble is the most popular online community for designers, aimed at collaboration. It allows users to upload images or GIFs, for other members to provide feedback and engage in discussions. The community makes it possible to create teams. The Estetica Design Forum is similar in nature, allowing collaboration and discussion between artists and graphic design professionals, and also offers value added features, such as information in programming, flash, and web design. 1stwebdesigner.com is a popular website, offering rich resources such as coding, tutorials, downloadable source code, and more.

Just as a person building a house does not create the bricks themselves, web designers and graphic developers draw in resources from various curated repositories and platforms. Success depends on how well they leverage the readily available building blocks.

Creative Ideaz offers a host of resources and solutions for your web and graphic design requirements. Contact us at 0845 0942153.

Posted by Kirien on April 27th, 2016

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